The Curse of Lono

Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (241 ratings)

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This enormously eccentric book takes listeners on a crazy journey with renowned gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

The Curse of Lono is to Hawaii what Fear and Loathing was to Las Vegas: the crazy tales of a journalist's "coverage" of a news event that ends up being a wild ride to the dark side of Americana. Originally published in 1983, The Curse of Lono features all of the zany, hallucinogenic wordplay for which Hunter S.Thompson became known and loved. This curious book, considered an oddity among Hunter's oeuvre, is a widely sought-after treasure.

©2005 Hunter S. Thompson (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Hunter S Thompson is my hero!

Another gem from one of my top 3 favorite authors. Fluid, funny, and pure HST! For those unfamiliar with his non- political writings this us an excellent choice. It's got every bit of his 'journey is everything; destination not so much' madness I love about his writing. This one isn't as drug saturated as say Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas but they are still there. Lotsa booze too but HST wouldn't be HST without them. God, I miss him!

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"okay" HST

A typically HST winding story, absurdist behavior, sometimes macho or misogynist, yet terribly enjoyable. the lengths Thompson goes to tell an immediately gratifying and harsh story. too immersive to think about where any of it is going.
the reading is very good.

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it's a fun story to listen to but it wasn't more

At first it was a fun story about a drunk and his usual suspects, but it never became more than that.

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narrator is ok

good book, starts off slow but ends in a typical Thompson way. Narrator is ok, doesnt really fit the part but tells it well. Would def recommend the book

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Not bad.

Some exciting moments but slumps in various points throughout. Although there are some moments that shine exposing the mind of Thompson with transparency! Worth the quick read but lacked the insanity of previous work.

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OK book, but the audio doesn't feel like Thompson

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. it is a good book if you enjoy Thompson's style.

What didn’t you like about Malcolm Hillgartner’s performance?

The delivery and inflection just felt off for a Thompson story.

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Great Story!

I have now listened to this title twice and thoroughly enjoyed the Curse of Lono. I would recommend this book.

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Amazing

What did you love best about The Curse of Lono?

great book about hunter and ralph on another wild adventure

What other book might you compare The Curse of Lono to and why?

fear and loathing in las vegas

Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no, but i will now

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yep

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Hunter at his best

this was a wonderful reading. I am in awe. Hunter has a way with his words that can only be described as gonzo.

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Ah, Must be getting od

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

My 20 year old son would like this because of his mind set

Would you ever listen to anything by Hunter S. Thompson again?

Not really

Would you be willing to try another one of Malcolm Hillgartner’s performances?

Yes

Could you see The Curse of Lono being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

Any additional comments?

Love it when i was 30 years old...now i'm 50 and was bored